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  1. 3 Big Medical Costs and How to Protect Against Them

    Without a plan, an unexpected injury or chronic disease will cost you.
  2. What Will Social Security Look Like When You Retire?

    Many workers are not confident that Social Security will be around during their retirement. Here's what you need to know ...
  3. Time to Travel to Iran?

    Now that economic sanctions have been lifted, Americans can travel to this beautiful and culturally rich country – with caution.
  4. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Annuities

    Annuities give retirees guaranteed income but they aren't all created equal.
  5. Social Security Strategies: What’s Best to Do Now

    The Bipartisan Budget Act has changed some of rules of the maximizing-benefits game. There are ways to cope, but you may ...
  6. Is General Electric Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (GE)

    Learn about the history of General Electric's business, the troubles that arose from GE Capital and if GE still makes an ...
  7. Can the Stock Market Affect Your Social Security Benefits?

    What you should know about the relationship between the stock market and your monthly Social Security check.
  8. Find the Best Social Security Lawyers: Here's How

    A good Social Security lawyer may make the difference between qualifying for disability benefits and being left out in the ...
  9. How to Apply for Social Security Disability: Step by Step

    Applying for disability benefits is no easy task – but it's well worth your time and effort if a disability is preventing ...
  10. Annuity Rates: Lock in Now or Wait?

    With interest rates so low, does it make sense to lock in an annuity right now? We weigh the pros and cons.
  11. Best Investment Categories for Your Retirement Funds

    An asset allocation that reflects your age and investment objectives is one of the keys to a low-stress retirement.
  12. The Gay Couple's Guide to Social Security Benefits

    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality affords same-sex couples access to Social Security benefits. ...
  13. 10 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number

    Identity theft thrives in part because people must give their Social Security number for so many types of interactions. How ...
  14. Which Fund Share Class is Best for Retirement?

    Mutual funds are a popular investment for retirement. Here's how to choose the best share class when investing in them.
  15. Social Security Changes for 2016

    Every year, Social Security undergoes a set of changes. For 2016, some features are staying the same and others are disappearing. ...
  16. I'm Retired: Is it Safe to Invest in the Technology Sector?

    Tech stocks are volatile creatures, but there are ways even risk-adverse retirees can reap rewards from them. Here are some ...
  17. Retirees: 6 Investment Lessons from Warren Buffett

    For those in retirement, Warren Buffett's clear, timeless advice on investing is worth a look.
  18. 4 Things That Make a Stock a Risky Bet

    Risk is everywhere and when it comes to stocks it can take many forms. From price risk to volatility risk, there’s a lot ...
  19. Should You Let a Family Member Manage Your 401(k)?

    Learn how a family member managing your 401(k) is probably not the most auspicious move you can make, and identify several ...
  20. Saving $100 Now Is Better Than Saving $1,000 In 10 Years

    Learn why it is better to save $100 every year starting right now rather than $1,000 in 10 years, and find out the benefits ...
  21. 5 Banks That Will Pay You to Roll Over a 401(k)

    Discover which five financial institutions will pay you a cash bonus or match when you roll over assets from an old 401(k) ...
  22. 3 Variable Annuities to Consider

    Discover three variable annuities to consider in your retirement portfolio. Read summaries of each annuity and the benefits ...
  23. Is a Vanguard Roth IRA Account Right For You?

    Learn about factors such as fees and fund performance that help determine whether Vanguard is a suitable place to hold a ...
  24. Philippines: A Friendly Country for English Speakers

    Read about one of Asia's top English-speaking countries, and learn about the government policies that have brought English ...
  25. 3 Methods to use Life Insurance as an Investment During Retirement

    Find out whether life insurance may be a smart investment after you retire, and why it really depends on what you are trying ...
  26. The Top 5 Eaton Vance Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016 (EV)

    Learn to increase the safety, returns and diversification of your retirement savings by investing in mutual funds from Eaton ...
  27. An Introduction to Roth IRAs

    Be sure to consider the tax benefits and the eligibility requirements of the Roth IRA.
  28. Bond Ladders: A Bad Idea for Retirees?

    Using a ladder approach may sound smart, but purchasing individual bonds usually means higher costs and less flexibility ...
  29. Target-Date Funds Vs. S&P 500 Indexing

    Learn the pros and cons of target-date funds, and why they are increasingly popular in 401(k) plans. There are also ways ...
  30. Living in China on $1,000 a Month

    Learn how you can live comfortably on a $1,000 monthly budget in China, a country known around the world for its growing ...
  31. Traditional IRA Deductibility Limits

    Find out whether you can take a tax deduction on the contributions you make.
  32. Is Altria Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (MO)

    Discover if Altria Group Inc.'s stock is the near-perfect investment vehicle for an IRA or a Roth IRA. Learn how to exploit ...
  33. Powerball Mania: Take the Annuity

    Should you win the lottery, you need to decide how to accept your winnings: lump sum or annuity payouts. Here's how to choose.
  34. Is Delta Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (DAL)

    Learn about Delta Airlines and the factors that affect the company's performance. Discover if Delta stock makes an appropriate ...
  35. Is Boeing Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (BA)

    Understand why portfolio managers are bullish on Boeing, and determine whether this stock is more suitable for a traditional ...
  36. How to Analyze the Stocks Held in Your 401(k)

    Read about how you can evaluate the stocks in your 401(k), whether within a fund or in a self-directed brokerage account ...
  37. Is Johnson & Johnson Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (JNJ)

    Learn about Johnson & Johnson's viability as a long-term investment for retirement. Find out if JNJ stock is more suitable ...
  38. Avoid the Social Security Tax Trap

    Government benefits can cost you big money! Know the income thresholds before you file.
  39. Is Southwest Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (LUV)

    Learn about Southwest's outlook, valuation and suitability for retirement investments. Find out if LUV is a better fit for ...
  40. Is Passive Investing Effective for Retirement Savings?

    Learn about the differences between active and passive investing for those approaching retirement. Discover how passive investing ...
  41. Is United Continental Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (UAL)

    Learn about United Continental stock's suitability for retirement investments, and find out if UAL is better for traditional ...
  42. Is Invensense Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (INVN)

    Understand why InvenSense stock is reasonably suitable for a traditional IRA but, due to its upside potential, a much better ...
  43. Is Bank of America Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (BAC)

    Learn why Bank of America's established track record and long-term stability make it more suitable for a traditional IRA ...
  44. Top 5 TIAA-CREF Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover how to safely diversify your retirement savings and receive excellent investment returns using a selection of TIAA-CREF ...
  45. Top 6 Janus Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016 (JNS)

    Discover how to have solid investment returns and portfolio stability diversity using Janus Capital mutual funds for retirement ...
  46. Options for Your 401(k)s and IRAs

    As you age and your financial situation changes, what options do you have to maximize your retirement accounts? Make sure ...
  47. Top 5 Prudential Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016 (PRU)

    Discover five mutual funds from Prudential Financial for diversifying a retirement savings portfolio that have a history ...
  48. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans

    A Medicare Advantage plan may help you lower health costs not covered by Medicare. But there are definite tradeoffs, compared ...
  49. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  50. Tax-Saving Advice for IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  51. Should You Let Your 401(k) Be Managed by Vanguard?

    Find out if Vanguard's reputation and track record as a 401(k) plan provider is as stellar as its reputation and track record ...
  52. Introduction to Social Security

    You've probably contributed to this fund, but will you reap the benefits? Find out here.
  53. 3 Ways to Get Social Security Benefits

    Social Security isn't just for retirement. Learn about all three benefits provided by the Social Security Administration: ...
  54. 10 Common Questions About Social Security

    Find out everything you need to know about this program.
  55. SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Learn the SIMPLE IRA contribution limits for 2016, with a brief summary of how the plan works, including eligibility and ...
  56. Is ConocoPhillips Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COP)

    Learn more about ConocoPhillips, one of the strongest companies in the oil sector, and whether it would be a suitable addition ...
  57. How to Delay Drawing Down on Investments in Retirement

    Retirement lasts a long time so you want to make your savings last. Thankfully there's lot of ways to do it, from curbing ...
  58. Options for Your 401(k) at Retirement

    What to do with your 401(k) could be your most critical financial decision for retirement. Look at your entire financial ...
  59. IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Find out about the 2016 limits for contributions and income thresholds for individual retirement accounts, including traditional ...
  60. SEP IRA Limits in 2016

    Discover the SEP IRA limits for 2016. Included is a summary, plans that would be ideal candidates for SEP IRAs, and contribution ...
  61. 4 Unusual Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

    Working the system to get the highest legal Social Security benefits just got harder. Two long-time benefits strategies expired ...
  62. Top 5 Franklin Templeton for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the best Franklin Templeton mutual plans for diversifying your retirement savings, and learn the best strategy for ...
  63. Is Alcatel-Lucent Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (ALU)

    Learn about whether Alcatel-Lucent is better as a retirement investment in a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Find out about ...
  64. The 3 Best Social Security Calculators For 2016

    Find out how to analyze your Social Security benefits under different retirement scenarios using multifunctional online Social ...
  65. 3 Mutual Funds That Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016

    Find out which three mutual funds offer the best combination of consistent performance and low cost for your retirement income ...
  66. The 401(k) Plans That Vanguard Offers

    Find out what you need to know about Vanguard's 401(k) plan offerings to large and small businesses and what makes them so ...
  67. 401(k) Contribution Limits in 2016

    Find out what the contribution limits are for 401(k) retirement savings plans in 2016, including individual, employer and ...
  68. The Top 5 Retirement Income Equity Mutual Funds for 2016

    Find out the top five retirement income-equity mutual funds for generating solid total returns for your retirement-income ...
  69. Top 5 Oppenheimer Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top five Oppenheimer Funds for diversifying your retirement savings. Learn how to balance your portfolio for ...
  70. Is a Vanguard Traditional IRA Account Right For You?

    Discover the characteristics that make an investment company ideal for IRA accounts, and learn about how well Vanguard fits ...
  71. 3 ETFs that are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (SCHZ, VYM)

    Look at three ETFs that retirees or near-retirees should consider heading into 2016, and why it's important to consider both ...
  72. Active vs. Passive Investing During Your Retirement Years

    How these two investing approaches work – and how to decide which best suits your precious nest egg.
  73. Should I Invest in Bonds During My Retirement?

    Yes, retirees should invest in bonds, but remember that not all bonds are safe investments. Seek the help of a financial ...
  74. Why Retirees Can't Count on Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  75. Is Rite Aid Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (RAD)

    Find out if Rite Aid stock is suitable for an IRA investment. Learn about RAD's financial outlook and whether a traditional ...
  76. Is Apple Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AAPL)

    Discover the taxation structures of traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and five reasons why Apple is a suitable stock to add ...
  77. 3 REITs that Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (HCP, O)

    Learn more about three real estate investment trusts (REITs) that would be the best bets for boosting your retirement income ...
  78. Is Cisco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (CSCO)

    Learn about long-term prospects for Cisco shares and the general investment thesis. Find out if the stock is better suited ...
  79. A Step-By-Step Guide for Opening an IRA

    Tax time is just around the corner. Remember: It’s never too soon, or too late, to open an IRA. You’ll save on taxes – and ...
  80. Is Amazon Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AMZN)

    Learn more about traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and discover three specific reasons why Amazon is suitable for a traditional ...
  81. Does Vanguard have a 401(K) Plan Suitable for a Small Business?

    Learn about the Vanguard Group's new 401(k) product for small businesses and how they've tailored their plan to appeal to ...
  82. When to Intervene in Your Parents' Investments

    Mild cognitive decline can lead to bad investment moves, but spotting it can be tough. Unopened mail and erratic investments ...
  83. Is Schlumberger Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SLB)

    Learn about Schlumberger as a stock to hold in an IRA. Read about how the stock has a high degree of volatility, but also ...
  84. Is EMC Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (EMC)

    Find out if EMC is suitable for a traditional or Roth IRA. Learn about the impacts of the Dell acquisition, and discover ...
  85. How a Variable Annuity Works After Retirement

    These investments can provide extra income after you retire. Here’s a guide to when and how you will receive the payout.
  86. How a Fixed Annuity Works After Retirement

    These popular investments can provide a steady stream of income during your retirement years. Here are the details.
  87. The Top 3 Retirement Income ETFs for 2016 (PID, HEFA, SCHZ)

    Discover why including ETF investments can benefit an individual's retirement portfolio, and look at three of the best ETFs ...
  88. 5 Social Security Changes to Expect in 2016

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 eliminated some strategies for maximizing your Social Security. Be alert to how these and ...
  89. UBS and Aspiration Launch Sustainable Equity Fund

    The Aspiration Redwood Fund began trading in November 2015 following a March registration for this socially conscious financial ...
  90. Charles Schwab’s Top Funds for Retirement Savings

    Here's a list of Schwab’s funds for retirement, intended to make planning, diversification and saving for later in life just ...
  91. Is Starbucks Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SBUX)

    Find out if Starbucks stock is a suitable investment for an IRA and whether it matches the characteristics ideal for a traditional ...
  92. Is a Vanguard SEP IRA Account Right for You?

    Learn about the SEP IRA offered by Vanguard and why it is one of the best SEP products available, including why it's a good ...
  93. Is Wal-Mart Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (WMT)

    Find out if shares of Wal-Mart are suitable for an IRA, and whether Wal-Mart shares are more appropriate for a traditional ...
  94. Is Advanced Micro Devices Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AMD)

    Find out if AMD stock is suitable for an IRA. Learn about the company's fundamentals and outlook. Is AMD better for a traditional ...
  95. The Hidden Fees in 401(k)s

    Learn about the conspicuously disclosed fees that lurk within your 401(k) investments.
  96. Is Verizon Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (VZ)

    Learn about Verizon's balance sheet strength and future growth strategy. Discover why the stock makes an ideal core holding ...
  97. These are John Hancock’s Top Funds for Retirement

    John Hancock's fund lineup is vast, so here's a quick primer on what could be its best funds for your retirement portfolio. ...
  98. How Secure Is Social Security?  

    Social Security is nowhere near bankruptcy. Even if there is no fix in the next 20 years, reduced benefits could be paid ...
  99. What Is a Good 401(k) Match?

    The most common employer match is 50 cents on the dollar of up to 6% of your salary. In most cases you should contribute ...
  100. Aspiration Targets Socially-conscious Consumers (UBS)

    Conscious consumers seek companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Aspiration introduces a new investment ...
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